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Elkin Antoniou
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Elkin Antoniou
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As the daughter of Emmy nominated director, Lou Antonio, and Broadway veteran, Lane Bradbury, Elkin grew up in theatres and on film sets all around the world. She began her career as a professional ballet dancer, studying on scholarship with the Joffrey Ballet in New York before dancing as a soloist with the LA Chamber Ballet & LA Classical Ballet. At age 18 she became the youngest member of the 1st National Company of The Phantom of the Opera (Ahmanson Theatre). She went on to perform in a variety of theatre and television projects including: Fame the Musical (West Coast Premiere), Gypsy (w/Bette Midler), Tales of Hoffman (Dorothy Chandler Pavilion), Mendel & Moses (Canon Theatre), Chicago Hope, Picket Fences, Party of Five, West Wing, and CSI.

Married to writer/director, Bobby Garabedian, Elkin spent over a decade collaborating with him on multiple projects, including developing and co-producing the 2004 Academy Award nominated foreign film, Most. The critical acclaim from the film led to opportunities to develop the teenage drama, Vanity, acquired by Hero Pictures and the comedy, Sportfishing, acquired by Warner Independent. But it was the audience's reaction to Most that made the strongest impact on Elkin's choices as a storyteller. After reading emails that stated, "I decided NOT to commit suicide after seeing your film", or "I was reconciled with my father after 20 years after watching Most", Elkin was inspired to continue to tell stories that could move audiences towards a better humanity personally, locally, and globally.
Elkin in Swaziland
She started by co-founding the non-profit organization LA Loves, which produced events and campaigns that utilized film, fine art, and music to educate and inspire audiences to take action against injustice. These included events to help Sam Childers (portrayed by Gerald Butler in the film Machine Gun Preacher) and his work to rescue and restore the child soldiers of Sudan. Under the LA Loves banner, Elkin also created a grassroots, anti-human trafficking campaign for the Lionsgate film, Trade; co-created & produced Do Justice, a large scale, multi-media event to raise awareness and action around the issue of human trafficking; and developed The Worst Crime, a documentary film and action campaign to help the Salvation Army raise awareness around the sexual exploitation of children in America.

Elkin's work for LA Loves led to an opportunity to work for The Philanthropy Project, a multimedia campaign to entertain and educate viewers about philanthropy. Launched with an unprecedented $10 million grant by the John Templeton Foundation, the Philanthropy Project in association with Anonymous Content, produced the film Little Red Wagon starring Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad.)

Wanting to focus on producing more film and theatre projects that could move audiences to take action, Elkin co-founded the entertainment company, Liquid Worldwide, which combines a passion for storytelling with a purpose to benefit humanity. For Liquid, Elkin is a writer/producer/campaign creator for the documentary film and campaign, Never A Neverland, which is purposed to bring awareness and action to the AIDS and orphan pandemic in Swaziland. She is in development to produce the film Breathing Water, a beautiful mother, daughter drama that touches upon issues of mental illness; May April June, an action comedy to benefit seniors; as well as the musical, Aphrodite, a love triangle between a wife, her husband, and an internet porn star.

Elkin has also produced or executive produced for music video, short film, and commercial clients including: Levi-Denizen, Jaclyn Smith International, De-Angelis Records, Awaken Films, Jacobs Endeavors Ltd., Safe Haven, Astonish Entertainment, Ren3w Campaign, & MMM Chokolate Records.

She continues to dance and recently made her directorial debut, choreographed, & co-wrote the one-woman show, Lane Bradbury: Let Me Entertain You, Again. She is a Commercial Theatre Institute alumna, a member of the Actor's Studio Director's Unit, and self-confessed musical theatre addict. Her favorite productions will always be her beautiful children, Colby & Jenny Drew.

For her film Never A Neverland, which documents how the AIDS virus is decimating Africa's population, and her dedication to humanitarian and philanthropic causes, Elkin Antoniou has been selected by TheWIFTS Foundation to receive the 2013 Best Documentary Award (Humanitarian).



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